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Cost Estimator Tools

Learn about Blue Shield's medical and pharmacy cost estimators.

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Health Savings Plan

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Core Plan

Core Plan

About the Core plan
Behavioral Health Benefits
Pharmacy Benefits
Care away from home

About the Core Plan

The Core plan is a PPO plan, administered by Blue Shield of California, that allows you to receive care from any of the physicians and hospitals within the plan’s network, as well as outside of the network for covered services.

If maintaining a relationship with your current doctor is important to you, the Core plan lets you continue seeing your current doctor for most covered services, even if your doctor isn’t part of the plan’s provider network. Keep in mind that if your physician is not part of the plan’s PPO network, you will have to pay more for each visit.

Behavioral Health Benefits

To learn more about the Core plan behavioral Health benefits, visit Behavioral Health Benefits.

Pharmacy Benefits

For information about your prescription drug coverage, visit Non-Medicare Pharmacy Benefits.

Care away from home

The BlueCard Program gives Core plan participants access to care, including urgent and emergency care, across the United States and around the world. You are not required to use a BlueCard provider; however, it’s in your best interest to use a BlueCard provider to keep your costs down. You can locate a BlueCard provider at any time by calling (800) 810-BLUE or by going to Find a Provider.